Policy Changes Reduced Use of Certain Prescription Opioids: Study

TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Tighter U.S. government restrictions on prescription painkillers containing hydrocodone led to reduced use of opioid medications such as Vicodin, a new study says. Between 2007 and 2014, more prescriptions were written in the United States for Vicodin (hydrocodone-acetaminophen) than for any other medication. …

Zika Probably Not Spread Through Saliva: Study

TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Scientists have some interesting news about Zika: You’re unlikely to get the virus from kissing or sharing utensils with someone. A new study with monkeys suggests that Zika doesn’t appear to be transmitted through saliva. “If passing the virus by casual contact were …